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Old 07-07-2007, 07:31 PM   #1
 
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Many years ago (13) after my son was born, I got a perm to ease my hair care and still look decent. The perm was not super curly, and my thick hair took the perm extremely well. Then it grew out and I started an odyssey over the years of all different styles. One thing I didn't do in that whole time though was ever wear it just natural. A few months ago, one day I let it dry and noticed how much wave and curl there was and then I found this site...then started just letting it do it's thing to discover I have quite a bit of curl.
I was cleaning the other day and came across baby pics of my son and realized...my hair looks just like it did when it was permed, maybe a little more relaxed. But same curl pattern and everything!

Is it possible that the perm altered my hair so many years ago?
I want curlier hair...so is it also possible that if I go ahead and get a perm to be curlier (I'm really seriously considering this, I have great hair that can handle chemicals with pretty minimal damage) would it permanently make my hair curlier? Is this possible? It's just so odd that my hair looks so much like it did when it was permed,and my mom commented about this too (she was the one that gave me that perm!)
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
 
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Anything is possible. I've known people who have had their hair chemically altered and noticed that their hair was curlier or straighter even though they grew out the perm or relaxer. I personally would not perm curly hair. Why don't you try adding extra moisture? That would probably make your hair curlier. If you really want to perm it, then I would try a small test area and see what happens.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:47 PM   #3
 
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Yes, I agree, try to enhance your natural curls, there are alot of great tips on this site, to show you how, I also think that moisture is key. I wouldn't perm either, I would be too scared of the damage.
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There's so much information here on how to work with your natural texture and get good results, I don't think you should jump on the perm just yet. Your natural hair might surprise you once you get to know it better and learn how to work with it and give it what it needs.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
 
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Is it possible that the perm altered my hair so many years ago?
I want curlier hair...so is it also possible that if I go ahead and get a perm to be curlier (I'm really seriously considering this, I have great hair that can handle chemicals with pretty minimal damage) would it permanently make my hair curlier? Is this possible?
No, a perm will not alter the structure of the hair that hasn't grown yet. A perm can't "re-program" your hair cuticle to grow a different type of hair. However, hair does change on its own throughout our lives, especially if we're experiencing hormonal changes. Many people get curls during puberty, and others during or after pregnancy. I would guess that your hair has slowly been getting curlier all these years (possibly helped along by pregnancy), and after 13 years got to the curliness you got with that old perm. Since you didn't wear it natural all this time, you had no chance to notice that your hair was getting more curly. It's possible that your hair will continue to slowly get curlier, or it may stop. It's impossible to tell what it's going to do in the future. If your hair handles chemicals well and you really want it curlier, than I'd say go ahead and get another perm. Just don't get your hopes up that it will have a permanent effect on future growth, because that will almost certainly not happen. If you want curlier hair but not the maintenance of regular perms, look around here for suggestions for curl enhancers. AG re:coil is a popular one, and many people fing Jessicurl products to enhance curl. If you're willing to play around with products, I bet you'll find something that gets your hair closer to what you want.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:59 AM   #6
 
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My sister's hair was always pin straight and she developed a natural wave after she reach 40. She used to perm her hair way back in the 70's.
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Thanks for the replies! I think I just have to accept the fact that my hair is not as curly as I would like for it to be. It's a solid 2b, with some 3A tendencies but not many. I have experimented with many products- re:coil, boots pink, curl keeper, HE totally twisted, GF curl and shine, etc. I don't use sulfates or cones, but I don't co-wash either because it over-moisturized my fine hair and caused more frizz. My scalp is a little on the oily side, so I have to cleanse my hair every other day (but hey, I'm down from daily!) I also need to get a haircut and I'm going to try someone new that Michelle herself recommends (I'm in Austin too). Hopefully that will help. I didn't think that the perm could really alter my hair in that way (thanks for bringing me to my senses) but it is really crazy that my hair looks so much like it did when it was permed.
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Thanks for the replies! I think I just have to accept the fact that my hair is not as curly as I would like for it to be. It's a solid 2b, with some 3A tendencies but not many. I have experimented with many products- re:coil, boots pink, curl keeper, HE totally twisted, GF curl and shine, etc. I don't use sulfates or cones, but I don't co-wash either because it over-moisturized my fine hair and caused more frizz. My scalp is a little on the oily side, so I have to cleanse my hair every other day (but hey, I'm down from daily!) I also need to get a haircut and I'm going to try someone new that Michelle herself recommends (I'm in Austin too). Hopefully that will help. I didn't think that the perm could really alter my hair in that way (thanks for bringing me to my senses) but it is really crazy that my hair looks so much like it did when it was permed.
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I will! I am going to try to hold out a litttle bit longer and give my bangs a little bit more chance to grow out before I make the trek myself!
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